SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet believes the international break has arrived at the perfect time for re-recruited Santiago Vergini, with the Argentine defender allowed a much-needed breather from an intensive start to the season.
After a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last term, the 26-year-old joined Sunderland on a permanent basis just nine days before the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
And Poyet admits that the versatile defender was not given a moment’s rest as the Black Cats’ head coach tried to acclimatise him in double quick time to new team-mates and a new style of play.
“The international break is perfect for Santiago, because when he got here for pre-season, it was play, play, play, play!” said Poyet.
“Now he can relax.
“But it’s like he’s never left.
“Last week in training, he started running in that specific kind of running.
“It’s come natural for him.”
Though Vergini’s preferred role is centre-half, he has played as right-back without complaint in his three games so far this season.
“He’s a happy boy and everything is good for him because he’s a good lad,” said Poyet.
“The players know him very well now too, and know what they’re going to get.
“You know what, it’s not about the praise from the manager or the fans – it’s from your own team-mates.
“When you’ve got team-mates who want YOU to play, it means a lot and Santiago has that at this club.”